Months and months, (literally 9 months), of planning and organising finally culminated in us arriving in sunny Croatia. After our taxi driver pretty much kicked us out of the cab, (1 star rating for you sir), and climbing approximately 648,000 steps, we finally arrived at our apartment. We made ourselves at home, in our super cute little flat with grapes growing in the trellis, and made our way out to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
The Old Town itself is enclosed within The Walls of Dubrovnik, (shock). A defensive fort which was never breached during its period and now serves as an amazing tourist spot, giving the most beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea and the town itself. We managed to complete the Old Town in just a few hours. Completely pedestrianised, it’s very touristy yet incredibly clean. The limestone pavement and Baroque buildings are stunning when the sun hits them. We ended up sitting by the pier just admiring the water doing its thing. Most of our time in this holiday was spent just relaxing, sunbathing and enjoying the sea… And climbing stairs.
On our 3rd day we headed to the beach. Bypassing the super popular Banje Beach, we opted for a slightly longer walk to Sveti Jakov. The rocky little bay, cut out of the cliff, had a nice buzz of people, but not over run. We spent our day topping up the tans, having a dip and obviously the odd photo shoot on the pier.
Finally, our last full day in Croata was a boat cruise of the Elaphiti Islands. Well, I say boat, it was (and I jest not) a pirate ship, complete with sea captain, sails and a man playing the accordion. We visited the 3 inhabited islands out of the 14 that exist: Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. The islands are tiny so we decided to explore the beaches of each island instead, taking a dip here and there, eating ice cream and frying ourselves under the burning sun.
After 5 days of fun, relaxation and approximately 2,400 stairs, we awoke in the morning to watch the sun rise by the pier before heading off to the airport and flying home. We had a little adventure in Bosnia Herzegovina too, but more on that tomorrow…